With the Red Sox coming to town, the Yankees are currently on a high. Who knew that a 3-6 start would spawn into a 13-9 record and sole position of first place in the difficult AL East division? Not me and not Red Sox fans, that is for sure. In fact, I do recall people taunting the Yankees before the season began for their lack of off-season pick-ups.
Well HA! If the World Series were right now, I would gladly bet everything I own on the Yankees.
But that is the beauty of the baseball season…it drags on. And on. And there are 162 chances to come out on top. So no matter what happens now doesn’t define a season…but it would sure be nice to keep watching some entertaining Yankees baseball through October.
This week’s record (from 4/24-4/30): 4-2
Series vs. the Mets:
What a phenomenal series this was…a true test of who owns New York.
And we can clearly determine that is, and always will be, the Yankees.
The Yankees knew exactly what they were getting into when facing the red-hot Mets, but they still managed to take two of three from them, including breaking an 11-game win streak. Mark Teixeira proved his gluten-free diet is paying off by belting a few homers in the series and the starting pitching, once again, proved it can stand the tough line-ups they have been facing. A-Rod even joined in on the action, pumping up the Yankee offense in their 6-4 Sunday victory.
Pineda threw 78 of 100 pitches for strikes, which is far better than his previous two starts. He lasted 7 and 2/3 innings and showed just how vital he is to this rotation. Sabathia, however, couldn’t come through when he needed to, but was saved by a strong middle-inning performance by kid pitcher Chasen Shreve.
Series vs. Rays:
The Yankees took two of three against the Rays, making them 5-1 versus Tampa Bay so far this season and winning the battle for first place. Brian McCann showed up to play and drive in runs, while Carlos Beltran started to find his stroke in helping earn the first victory on Monday night. However, they couldn’t overcome the marathon 13-inning game, giving the Rays their first victory over the Yanks this season.
The pitching combination of Betances and Miller has turned out to be a huge bright spot for the Yanks this year, even thought neither has officially been named the closer. And despite the loss of Tanaka to the dreaded disabled list, young pitchers have stepped up to fill the void temporarily. Chase Whitley took over Tuesday and struck out five in a solid performance, resulting in his first Yankee victory of the season.
Brian McCann finally has started to pick up his hitting. With his signing in the winter of 2013, the Yankees expected power and leadership out of him, which he struggled to do in his first season in pinstripes. However, he owned the series vs. the Rays, starting out with a go-ahead home run and following that performance with three RBIs to seal the second victory in the series.
The Yanks hit the road for three in Fenway and three in Toronto.
The next two weeks are filled with solid competition from the AL East, but with the Yankees coming off 10 victories in their last 13 games, they have a good chance to continue their streak, while also testing their talents against some of the stronger teams in the division.
That’s the Bronx Buzz…see you all next week!